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The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time

The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time

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Author: Weiner, Jonathan

Brand: Vintage

Color: White

Edition: Reprint


  • Vintage Books USA

Number Of Pages: 332

Release Date: 30-05-1995

Details: Product Description Winner of the Pulitzer PrizeWinner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize On a desert island in the heart of the Galapagos archipelago, where Darwin received his first inklings of the theory of evolution, two scientists, Peter and Rosemary Grant, have spent twenty years proving that Darwin did not know the strength of his own theory. For among the finches of Daphne Major, natural selection is neither rare nor slow: it is taking place by the hour, and we can watch. In this dramatic story of groundbreaking scientific research, Jonathan Weiner follows these scientists as they watch Darwin's finches and come up with a new understanding of life itself. The Beak of the Finch is an elegantly written and compelling masterpiece of theory and explication in the tradition of Stephen Jay Gould. With a new preface. Review Rosemary and Peter Grant and those assisting them have spend twenty years on Daphne Major, an island in the Galapagos studying natural selection. They recognize each individual bird on the island, when there are four hundred at the time of the author's visit, or when there are over a thousand. They have observed about twenty generations of finches -- continuously. Jonathan Weiner follows these scientists as they watch Darwin's finches and come up with a new understanding of life itself. From Publishers Weekly Weiner follows scientists Peter and Rosemary Grant who, for the past 20 years, have studied the continuing evolution of the beaks of finches in the Galapagos Islands. Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. Review “ The Beak of the Finch is brilliant . . . one of those rare books that permanently alters one’s view of nature and even of life and death.” —Richard Preston, author of The Hot Zone   “Evolution in the flesh, a landmark in evolutionary studies.” — Los Angeles Times   “Evocative writing, exhaustive research, and Weiner’s memorable portrait of the engaging Grants assure The Beak of the Finch membership in the select pantheon of science books that spark not just the intellect, but the imagination.” — Washington Post Book World   “Admirable and much-needed . . . superb at explaining very complex scientific and philosophical concepts in lucid prose. . . . Weiner’s triumph is to reveal how evolution and science work, and to let them speak clearly for themselves.” — The New York Times Book Review   “A sparkling exploration of the single most powerful and compelling force in nature.” — Philadelphia Inquirer   “This is science writing at its most accomplished: both an account of how science is done and an eloquent illustration of why we do it.” — Globe and Mail (Toronto)   “Wise and intelligent . . . Weiner’s engrossing book shows just how profoundly Darwin underestimated the power of his own ideas.” — The Sciences   “It has every chance of becoming a classic.” — The Times (of London)   “This is an exceptional book, artfully crafted, lucid and richly descriptive. It is the best exploration of evolution written in recent years. It conveys a powerful insight into life that helps us to understand the fundamental forces of nature and our relationship to the world about us. Highly recommended.” — Cleveland Plain Dealer   “First class . . . one of the best pieces of science writing that I have read in a long while.” — Nature   “Spectacular, page-turning . . . the ideal book to recommend to any doubter who asks, ‘where’s the evidence for evolution.’” — Sunday Times (London)   “Jonathan Weiner is a science writer who makes complex research accessible to the ordinary person, and he does so with wit and style. . . . Reads like a combination detective story and adventure book.” — Dallas Morning News   “Leads us deeper and deeper into what Darwin called ‘the mystery of mysteries’. . . . Weiner picks up the pieces of this puzzle and holds them up to the light at just the right angle. . . . He leaves us with not only a greater understanding of the forces

EAN: 8601401169499

Languages: English

Binding: Paperback

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